Holy Message of the Bible Bible GOD: Intelligent Being Speaks to mankind as intelligent beings. Communicates in words that can be understood. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. (John 12:48) Holy Message of the Bible Bible GOD: Spoke to Adam & Eve and they Understood! But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. (Gen. 2:17) And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, „You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.‟” (Gen. 3:2-3) Holy Message of the Bible Bible GOD: Spoke through OT Prophets Who Could Be Understood. “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword;” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 1:18-20) Holy Message of the Bible Bible GOD: Spoke Through the Apostles Who Could Be Understood. How that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets. (Eph. 3:3-5) In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. (Eph. 1:13) Holy Message of the Bible Bible Key To Understanding Willingness To Know In Order To Obey God‟s Will Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” (John 7:16-17) Holy Bible Message of the Bible False Ideas Which Must Be Removed A Household Ornament! A Magical Charm! A Panic Button! Given Only for Comfort in Time of Death! A Political Handbook! Given to Exalt America! The Basis for all the Diverse Creeds of Men! Given to a Licensed Clergy! A Complicated Book! Given Primarily to Teach Ten Commandments! Holy Bible Message of the Bible Jesus Christ Had To Come To Provide Salvation For Our Sins! The Savior Is Needed So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (Gen. 3:6-8) Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4) Holy Bible Message of the Bible Jesus Christ Had To Come To Provide Salvation For Our Sins! Sin Is Committed, NOT Inherited – Ezekiel 18 •Righteous man shall live (vs.1-9) •Son of righteous man who sins shall die (vs. 10-13) •Son of unrighteous who obeys God shall live (vs. 14-17) The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. (Ezek. 18:20) Holy Bible Message of the Bible Jesus Christ Had To Come To Provide Salvation For Our Sins! Origin of Sin NOT in the Flesh Itself Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (Jas. 1:13-16) Holy Bible Message of the Bible Basic Message of Old Testament Savior Is Coming Summary of Entire Message of Bible – Gen. 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Holy Bible Message of the Bible Basic Message of Old Testament Savior Is Coming • Family of Abraham multiplied – 2,000,000 (Ex. 12:37-38) • Land & Nation Promise fulfilled – Josh. 21:43-45 So the LORD gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it. The LORD gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. Holy Bible Message of the Bible Basic Message of Old Testament Savior Is Coming • OT History: Genesis through Esther • Books of Wisdom: Job through Son of Solomon • Prophets: Isaiah through Malachi – condemned sin and pointed to the Savior Have in the Old Testament – God keeping His promises to give the Jews a land and make of them a great nation. Not done to exalt the Jews or save the Jews above others. Simply done to bring about the third promise. Holy Bible Message of the Bible Basic Message of Old Testament Savior Is Coming • OT History: Genesis through Esther • Books of Wisdom: Job through Son of Solomon • Prophets: Isaiah through Malachi – condemned sin and pointed to the Savior Types & Shadows Revealed in OT to Prepare the Way: • Animal Sacrifices – pointing to perfect sacrifice of Christ • Worship in Temple – pointing toward a new spiritual house • Special Priesthood – pointing to Christians as priests Holy Bible Message of the Bible Message of the New Testament Savior Is Here! And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:30-31) Jesus died AD 29 New Testament completed AD 100 • Life of Christ – Matthew through John • Church Established, Spread of the Gospel – Acts • Christian Living – Romans through Revelation Holy Bible Message of the Bible Message of the New Testament Savior Is Here! CAN I BE SURE? The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:9) Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (1 Jn. 3:7) Holy Bible Message of the Bible Savior Is Here! CAN I BE SURE? And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Pet. 1:19) But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, “How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?” - when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him. (Deut. 18:20-22) Holy Bible Message of the Bible The Savior Is Here! Out of a Prepared People & Nation – A Savior Would Come. Genesis 12:1-3 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” (Gal. 3:8) Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. (Gal. 3:16) Holy Bible Message of the Bible The Savior Is Here! I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. (Deut.18:18) For Moses truly said to the fathers, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.” Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, “And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities. (Acts 3:22-26) Holy Bible Message of the Bible The Savior Is Here! Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” (Psalms 2:6-7) “And we declare to you glad tidings--that promise which was made to the fathers. God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” (Acts 13:32-33) Holy Bible Message of the Bible The Savior Is Here! My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?…Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me…My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands took His Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, and My feet; garments and made four parts, look andsoldierat Me. They also I can count all My bones. They to each stare a part, and divide My Now the tunic wasthem, And for My clothing they the tunic. garments among without seam, woven from the top lots. piece. They said 15-18) castin one(Psalms 22:1, 12, therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things. (John 19:23-24) Holy Bible Message of the Bible The Savior Is Here! Psalm 110 Priest and King For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: “The LORD said to my Lord, „Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.‟” Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:34-36) As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.” (Heb. 5:6) Holy Bible Message of the Bible The Savior Is Here! Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us. (Matt. 1:23) Isaiah 53 Savior: A Suffering Servant All Fulfilled in Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John Holy Bible Message of the Bible The Savior Is Here! Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (John 1:45) WILL YOU RECEIVE HIM?